Your mission: get to downtown Round Rock for Fire In The Hole
Doesn't look like they have a website yet, but their FB page has their menu posted and several good pics: https://www.facebook.com/FireInTheHol...
We went last night and were very pleasantly surprised. Ordered the octopus salad, fried cauliflower, and a Salumeria pizza. The kitchen sent out an asian pear salad and a gulf shrimp on the house. Everything hit the mark and then some. The fried cauliflower was so good, you could have swore you were at Odd Duck or Barley Swine. The pizza was excellent... i can't wait to try more of them.
And right after my own heart, the drink menu is very beer-centric. No crap on tap, lots of locals, lots of styles represented.
Service was great. No hiccups, even though it was only their second night open.
Downtown Round Rock is getting to be a pretty fun night out!
we also have greenhouse craft food ----not downtown but amazing and everbit as good as Swifts Attic
I went 3 days ago and it is truly great. The staff and owners were super friendly and the level of cooking was above what I expected in round rock. The pizza was as good as any Neapolitan style pizza in Austin and I have tried them all. we had the clam pizza and it was delicious especially the freshness do the tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes.
Other highlights include the spring pea agnolotti, the cavatelli with bone marrow ( I believe all pasta is made in house) as well as the passion fruit dessert and strawberry dessert.
We went Saturday night with friends. The service was friendly, they have a nice selection of both beer and wine, and we loved the food. The pear appetizer was my favorite dish of the night with the green pizza a close second. The green pizza is topped with a broccoli rabe pesto that is very tasty along with other greens. The crust is crisp and thin without being soggy and their tomato sauce is spicy and sweet. We will be going back and welcome them to Round Rock, maybe people will stop the "land of the bland" comments.
We went again yesterday and tried out the tasting menu that they are holding for 2 weeks. What a deal!
Its $35 pp with a minimum of 2 people and you get basically 3 apps each + a pizza that is shared + dessert +5 2 ounce wine pours for a total of 6 apps + a pizza + 2 desserts + 10 2 ounce wine pours.
We had the Maitake Pizza which was delicious with very fresh mushrooms and a very richly textured speck.
The apps highlights were the sweet pea agnolotti again ( I love this dish), the fresh hierloom tomatoes with cucumber granite and whipped bufula mozzarella, and the carrots in bone marrow sauce.
Me and my wife rarely leave anything uneaten but this time we really couldn't finish everything and took back 3/4 of the pizza.
A really great deal and I encourage everyone to go.
Has anyone whose been read the Yelp reviews and have a response? In general there seems to be a lot of antagonism toward the price/quantity ratio of the food, a few mention of flies/dirty tables being a problem, and hit-or-miss wait staff (one person said the chef was pissed about something and started throwing pans around? which would be crazy.)
The other comments about the menu being bad I sort of ignore, since to each his own on that kind of thing.
I've been back multiple times since my original post and I've seen nothing of the sort that you mentioned. Every experience has been just fine.
The menu is pretty "forward" for this neck of the woods, and the ingredients are top notch, so I think this is unfairly being compared to run of the mill suburban pizza joints. For the quality of what is coming out of that kitchen, I find it to be a great value.
Try it and report back.
People complain about the price/quantity ratio on Yelp because they are comparing this place to a chain pizza place and just because its in Round Rock, they expect it to be cheaper.
If you compare it to any of the higher end Neopolitan style places like Backspace, Bufulina, Pieous, House Pizza, etc... it compares farely favorably.